What is a dietitian?

Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.

What do dietitians do?

Latest news

The BDA applauds Lords' efforts to expand prescribing rights for Allied Health Professionals

The BDA welcomes the recent intervention in the House of Lords by Lord Bradley, who has been advocating for the government to extend independent prescribing rights to Allied Health Professionals.

A positive step forward as Shadow Health Secretary commits to stricter regulations on the food industry

The BDA welcomes the recent stance taken by Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Wes Streeting, at The Times newspaper’s Health Commission Summit, where he proposed measures to address the growing number of people living with obesity.

My student volunteering experience

This Student Volunteering Week, Student Rep Kyle Kennedy tells us the three reasons why he volunteers for the BDA.

The BDA’s response to Labour's Child Health Action Plan

The plan addresses critical issues such as cutting paediatric waiting times, reducing obesity, introducing breakfast clubs for all primary school children and banning junk food advertising aimed at children, all of which align with our core policy objectives.

Upskilling the workforce – new support worker apprenticeship frameworks approved for delivery

The level 3 senior health care support worker apprenticeship programme (for therapies) and level 5 assistant practitioner apprenticeship programme in dietetics are now approved for delivery.

Members encouraged to oppose separate pay spine for nurses

This unnecessary proposal is totally unacceptable to the BDA and the other Agenda for Change unions.

BDA supports call for restricting the sale and marketing of energy drinks to children and young people

New research has revealed the impacts of energy drinks are more significant and broader than previously understood - in particular negative outcomes for children’s mental health in addition to physical health. 

The dietetic workforce join the collective day of action in Northern Ireland, to say enough is enough

Members of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), working in Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) join thousands of other workers in unprecedented strike action today.

BDA responds to Lord McColl’s comments about people living with obesity simply needing to eat one less meal a day

In a recent House of Lords discussion, Lord McColl sparked controversy by suggesting that individuals living with obesity, should ‘eat less and do with one fewer meal a day’ in order to save the NHS £50billion a year.


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Latest articles from BDA members

My journey to becoming a gut health expert

Freelance dietitian Jo Cunningham explains why optimising gut health should be on the agenda for every dietitian seeing clients.

Understanding orthorexia

Polly Neve looks at the difference between choice and compulsion in the pursuit of healthy eating.

Plant-based eating for beginners

As we approach the new year, many clients may be looking to make a plant-based diet one of their resolutions. Tiluka Bhanderi looks at how you can help them maintain a healthy approach.

Mental capacity and diet, weight and health

Briony Caffrey introduces a new course developed by the BDA Mental Health Specialist Group which aims to provide practitioners working with people who might lack capacity and have dietetic needs with essential knowledge on the Mental Capacity Act.

Five minutes with… Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan – the co-chair of the BDA HIV Care Specialist Group – is the UK’s first Consultant Dietitian working in HIV. He tells us how he progressed to the role.

A new competency and skills framework for dietitians working in HIV care

Alice Pugliese introduces an updated competency framework from the BDA HIV Care Specialist Group during its 30th anniversary year.

Histamine intolerance and the low histamine diet

Chloe Hall discusses the challenges faced by those with histamine intolerance and how we can help to support our patients.

How dietitians can bring hope and better health to people with ADHD

Using an anonymised case study, Dr Stephanie Fade explains how dietitians can contribute to the care of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Exploring diet quality with people living with severe mental illness

Steph Sloan, Dr Emma Giles, and Jo Smith discuss their work exploring diet quality in people living with severe mental illness via a Public and Patient Involvement and Experience workshop.


Food Facts

Our Food Fact Sheets are written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.

The BDA Food Facts sheets are free for you to read, download and print for your own reference. They must not be copied to other websites: please link to this site to ensure your readers see the latest version.